Scripture Studies for "thoughtfull Christians"
"People interested in history and people interested in religion ought to combine forces more than they do. A theologian's interpretations remain liable to contradiction unless he knows something of the historical background."
"Nobody ever outgrows scripture;the Book widens and deepens with your years"
Clergy Library at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
Dear Gentle Readers,
Welcome to the new and improved Scriptural studies site.
Please take a few minutes to acquaint yourself with the changes that have been made and are being made as we grow. In order fully participate you will have to join the site with your own private password and then join the groups that you are interested. We will be combining some groups and deleting others.
Also you may want to note that at our library reading site there are other study groups that you'll want to check out http://scripturalstudies.webs.com. (Scripture Institute Library) If you can't find it here I haven't written it yet!. Another location is the On-Line University still under construction Look for "Doc Notes" for the advanced scholars http://seminar-studies.spruz.com
There are some groups and studies that you may not recognize but are or will be important to your walk with Him.
Christianity 101- This group page is primarly being used to teach through the Bible.The Bible is such an endless book and there are so many ways to study. One may study the books of the Bible spiritually, historically, typically, topically, prophetically, dispensationally, analytically, biographically, critically, devotionally to name just a few. The method I am to use is what I would call interpretative. That is to say we shall study the books of the Bible interpretatively. We shall seek to get hold of the controlling thought, the outstanding meaning and message of each book, and then see it in relation to the other books of Scripture. Each book contains within it a " KEY" that will provide the significance of what is written.
Pauline studies is a sub-discipline within the larger framework of New Testament studies, which itself is in an even greater realm of the discipline of Biblical Studies (encompassing both the O.T. and N.T.). It involves many studies such as: The Pauline theology, What letters did Paul really write? What was Paul's theology Jewish or Christian ? Was there a center to his theology? What is the background to his letters and thought? What was his knowledge of Jesus?
For Thinking Christians A new group dedicated to the principle of study/thought similar to the Rabbinic talmudThe Talmud "instruction, learning", from a oot "teach, study") is a central text of mainstream Judaism, in the form of a record of rabbinic discussions pertaining to Jewish law,ethics, philosophy, customs and history.
The Talmud has two components: the Mishnah (c. 200 CE), the first written compendium of Judaism's Oral Law; and theGemara (c. 500 CE), a discussion of the Mishnah and related Tannaitic writings that often ventures onto other subjects and expounds broadly on the Tanakh.
The terms Talmud and Gemara are often used interchangeably. The Gemara is the basis for all codes of rabbinic law and is much quoted in other rabbinic literature . The whole Talmud is also traditionally referred to as Shas , a Hebrew abbreviation of shisha sedarim, the "six orders" of the Mishnah.
New Group- Science and Theology - Compatible or heresy?
Some old favorites
Sunday Brunch with Denis and Marti:- Where we gather after your own fellowship at "church" to share a thought or two with hot steamimg Irish coffee and cream cheese muffins (my own recipe).
Recomended reading - Books on every subject from a biblical perspective- Philosophy, Psychology, Ethics, History, Bible study, Science, Education etc.
New Studies from the old and new testaments
Job, Ecclesiastes, Hosea, Song of Solomon, Psalms, Proverbs, Ruth, Esther etc.
Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Acts, Romans, 1&2 Corinthians, 1, 2, 3 John The Pauline epistles, etc.
Bible Difficulties Answered: There are no "real" difficulties just concepts not yet considered. What are you having difficulty understanding? Here you may find an answer to that question that has puzzled you.
Basic and advanced Theology : Theology is the rational and systematic study of religion and its influences and of the nature of religious truth a particular system or school of religious beliefs and teachings; "Jewish theology"; "Roman Catholic theology" the learned profession acquired by specialized courses in religion (usually taught at a college or seminary); "he studied theology at Oxford" All for free here!
Videos, groups, photos, humor, old friends and new, shout outs, Q&A, links and so much more.
Scriptural studies is the place to come and the Irish influence as well.
The Scripture Institute team